How to Stand A Streetbike Up
Knowing how to stand a streetbike up, or Hell, any motorcycle is something every rider should know. Usually when someone spills, their friends are there to help pick the bike up. But what if you are alone? How lame will you feel standing by the side of the road trying to flag down someone to help pick up your bike? Streetbikes are lighter than Harleys but are still a hassle to stand up if you don’t know what you are doing.
- Are all your limbs still attached? After wiping out, the initial response for many people is the self-conscious pop up. Your brain is preoccupied with looking good and even if you only have one leg left, you will pop up. This makes you cool. But take a deep breath and check yourself out. If you're still conscious, check your ride out. Naturally, we don’t want to stand next to a flaming streetbike. Make sure your motorcycle is not oozing fuel or smoking.
- Prepare for lift off. If all is well, put the bike in first gear. If you can’t get it in gear, you can still do this. You just have to be more careful when you get the bike up because it can roll. If your kickstand is facing the sky, open it into position. The kickstand will help catch the bike when you get it up. If the kickstand is facing the pavement, you will have to pop it out with your foot once you get the bike up.
- Assume the position. To stand a streetbike up, we will be using our ass and our legs. Good shoes are needed for traction but there are people can do this move in flip flops. Squat and wedge your ass against the seat. Depending on how tall you are, you may have to shift around to find the ideal angle. Basically you want to place your cheeks at an angle that allows you to push backwards at a slight, upwards angle. Now grab a handlebar with one hand and the bike frame with the other. Anywhere around the seat works good but don’t grab the seat itself because it is too soft.
- The scootch. Once you are wedged in tight, start scooting backwards. Keep your feet close together and lead with your ass. You are lifting with your legs and not your back. Go slow and steady. If the bike doesn’t come up, try and find a better angle. Once the bike starts to stand up, the momentum will make the rest easy.